Communicating social support
Sage Publications, 1987 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 317 pages
Albrecht and Adelman address theoretical and methodological issues for understanding the social support process in everyday life. They contend that social support is inextricably linked to communication behaviour and that the logical and empirical link between the two is long overdue.
They present a theoretical overview (including strategies for measuring social support), examine support in specific settings and consider the dilemmas of supportive communication. They also discuss future directions for research and practice.
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Disclosure between strangers may occur in almost any situation as long as that
situation provides for low levels of reciprocity, minimal expectations for future
interaction, and freedom from the fear that what is disclosed will get back to one's
Implicit or explicit in this interaction is an understanding that such support will be
reciprocated when the situation is reversed. This exchange of social support
makes the process of living meaningful and many of the stressful events bearable
watch out for helping traps (don't band aid) • offer ongoing support by outreach
volunteer • 'Tell me more about ..." • "How did it feel when ..." • "Help me
understand the situation better ..." • "You sound (tired, frustrated, like you're giving
lots of ...
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A Theoretical Perspective
The Nature of Supportive Interactions
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